OMB’s PART Questions

I. Program Purpose & Design – Weighted 20%

1.1. Is the program purpose clear?
1.2. Does the program address a specific and existing problem, interest or need?
1.3. Is the program designed so that it is not redundant or duplicative of any other Federal, state, local or private effort?
1.4. Is the program design free of major flaws that would limit the program’s effectiveness or efficiency?
1.5. Is the program effectively targeted, so that resources will reach intended beneficiaries and/or otherwise address the program’s purpose directly?

II. Strategic Planning – Weighted 10 %

2.1. Does the program have a limited number of specific long-term performance measures that focus on outcomes and meaningfully reflect the purpose of the program?
2.2. Does the program have ambitious targets and timeframes for its long-term measures?
2.3. Does the program have a limited number of specific annual performance measures that can demonstrate progress toward achieving the program’s long-term goals?
2.4. Does the program have baselines and ambitious targets for its annual measures?
2.5. Do all partners (including grantees, sub-grantees, contractors, cost-sharing partners, and other government partners) commit to and work toward the annual and/or long-term goals of the program?
2.6. Are independent evaluations of sufficient scope and quality conducted on a regular basis or as needed to support program improvements and evaluate effectiveness and relevance to the problem, interest, or need?
2.7. Are budget requests explicitly tied to accomplishment of the annual and long-term performance goals, and are the resource needs presented in a complete and transparent manner in the program’s budget?
2.8. Has the program taken meaningful steps to correct its strategic planning deficiencies?

Specific Strategic Planning Questions by Program Type

Regulatory Based Programs

2.RG1. Are all regulations issued by the program/agency necessary to meet the stated goals of the program, and do all regulations clearly indicate how the rules contribute to achievement of the goals?

Capital Assets and Service Acquisition Programs

2.CA1. Has the agency/program conducted a recent, meaningful, credible analysis of alternatives that includes trade-offs between cost, schedule, risk, and performance goals and used the results to guide the resulting activity?

Research and Development Programs

R&D programs addressing technology development or the construction or operation of a facility should answer the Capital Assets and Service Acquisition question (2.CA1).

2.RD1. If applicable, does the program assess and compare the potential benefits of efforts within the program and (if relevant) to other efforts in other programs that have similar goals?
2.RD2. Does the program use a prioritization process to guide budget requests and funding decisions?

III. Program Management – Weighted 20%

3.1. Does the agency regularly collect timely and credible performance information, including information from key program partners, and use it to manage the program and improve performance?
3.2. Are Federal managers and program partners (including grantees, sub-grantees, contractors, cost-sharing partners, and other government partners) held accountable for cost, schedule and performance results?
3.3. Are funds (Federal and partners’) obligated in a timely manner and spent for the intended purpose?
3.4. Does the program have procedures (e.g. competitive sourcing/cost comparisons, IT improvements, appropriate incentives) to measure and achieve efficiencies and cost effectiveness in program execution?
3.5. Does the program collaborate and coordinate effectively with related programs?
3.6. Does the program use strong financial management practices?
3.7. Has the program taken meaningful steps to address its management deficiencies?

Specific Program Management Questions by Program Type

Competitive Grant Programs

3.CO1. Are grants awarded based on a clear competitive process that includes a qualified assessment of merit?
3.CO2. Does the program have oversight practices that provide sufficient knowledge of grantee activities?
3.CO3. Does the program collect grantee performance data on an annual basis and make it available to the public in a transparent and meaningful manner?

Block/Formula Grant Program

3.BF1. Does the program have oversight practices that provide sufficient knowledge of grantee activities?
3.BF2. Does the program collect grantee performance data on an annual basis and make it available to the public in a transparent and meaningful manner?

Regulatory Based Programs

3.RG1. Did the program seek and take into account the views of all affected parties (e.g., consumers; large and small businesses; State, local and tribal governments; beneficiaries; and the general public) when developing significant regulations?
3.RG2. Did the program prepare adequate regulatory impact analyses if required by Executive Order 12866, regulatory flexibility analyses if required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act and SBREFA, and cost-benefit analyses if required under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act; and did those analyses comply with OMB regulations?
3.RG3. Does the program systematically review its current regulations to ensure consistency among all regulations in accomplishing program goals?
3.RG4. Are the regulations designed to achieve program goals, to the extent practicable, by maximizing the net benefits of its regulatory activity?

Capital Assets and Service Acquisition Programs

3.CA1. Is the program managed by maintaining clearly defined deliverables, capability/performance characteristics, and appropriate, credible cost and schedule goals?

Credit Programs

3.CR1. Is the program managed on an ongoing basis to assure credit quality remains sound, collections and disbursements are timely, and reporting requirements are fulfilled?
3.CR2. Do the program’s credit models adequately provide reliable, consistent, accurate and transparent estimates of costs and the risk to the Government?

Research and Development Programs

R&D programs addressing technology development or the construction of a facility should answer the Capital Assets and Service Acquisition question (3.CA1).

R&D programs that use competitive grants should answer the Competitive Grants questions (3.CO1, CO2, CO3).

3.RD1. For R&D programs other than competitive grants programs, does the program allocate funds and use management processes that maintain program quality?

IV. Program Results/Accountability – Weighted 50%

4.1. Has the program demonstrated adequate progress in achieving its long-term performance goals?
4.2. Does the program (including program partners) achieve its annual performance goals?
4.3. Does the program demonstrate improved efficiencies or cost effectiveness in achieving program goals each year?
4.4. Does the performance of this program compare favorably to other programs, including government, private, etc., with similar purpose and goals?
4.5. Do independent evaluations of sufficient scope and quality indicate that the program is effective and achieving results?

Specific Results Questions by Program Type

Regulatory Based Programs

4.RG1. Were programmatic goals (and benefits) achieved at the least incremental societal cost and did the program maximize net benefits?

Capital Assets and Service Acquisition Programs

4.CA1. Were program goals achieved within budgeted costs and established schedules?

Research and Development Programs

R&D programs addressing technology development or the construction or operation of a facility should answer the Capital Assets and Service Acquisition question (4.CA1).